Thursday, October 20, 2011

Homemade BBQ Sauce

I don’t talk about it much but I am in the (long) process of writing my first cookbook. At the moment I have been working on a sauces chapter.For those of you who follow me on facebook, you might have noticed I have been talking a lot about sauces for the last few weeks. Testing out recipes and tweaking to make them perfect is really fun, time consuming, but FUN!!! One such recipe is BBQ sauce. I just made a batch that is by far THE, BEST. EVER. And I just had to hop online at 10:00 at night and type it out before I forgot what I did. This stuff is amazing. You should go make it right now!


Leahona’s “It’s Gonna Be Famous” BBQ sauce

1 cup ketchup (homemade is best but store bought will work too)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup vinegar (I use plain but you could use apple cider vinager, I just don’t enjoy the flavor)

Raisin paste (recipe at the bottom)

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

1/4 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp paprika

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon corn syrup (you could double the honey if you don’t want to use corn syrup)

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1/8 tsp liquid smoke

1/8 tsp Worcestershire sauce

combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. cook on med heat stiring frequently for about 20 minutes. Cool and enjoy!!


Raisin Paste

1/3 cup raisins

1/3 cup water

Put water and raisins in a microwavable bowl. Heat in microwave on high for 3 minutes. let cool a few minutes. Pour raisins and water into a small blender and puree.



I had this sauce with some leftover pork roast. It was the best BBQ pork sandwich I have ever had. IF you get a chance to make this let me know. I would love to hear about it.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Product Review- MoBoleez™ - modern bonnets for breastfeeding babes!

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When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen I am a full time nursing mama to a beautiful baby girl. I am always on the lookout for the next best thing in baby products. Work at home moms (WAHM) come up with some cool stuff and I love trying them out.

A while back I was watching a web show with a lady who gives nursing/mommy advice. During the show she was giving out a prize to a lucky viewer and it was a nursing hat. I had never seen anything like it before and I really wanted to try it out.

I looked into the company and product and I really liked what I saw. MoBoleez nursing hats come in a wide array of designs and sizes. I loved browsing the website, looking at all of the awesome hats. I have the milky way hat in green. It is so easy to buy one. You can order from the website, or you can find them on One thing I love it their facebook page. They give our info and it is a great place to share with other moms.

When I got nursing hat in the mail I tried it out right away. There is a bit of a learning curve, at least for me in figuring out how to stay modest and get her on to nurse. I loved not having anything around my neck and I noticed It has great coverage but I felt much more comfortable using it when I was wearing a nursing shirt. The baby liked it very much. And looks stinkin cute wearing it as well. The hat fits very nicely in my diaper bag and it great for on the go nursing sessions. I really like that it comes in different sizes so it always fits baby snuggly. For those of you that are nursing I think you will love MoBoleez!!


Disclaimer- I received a MoBoleez Nursing hat in exchange for my product review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October Challenge-Dining room

So I have decided to issue a challenge every month not only for you, my wonderful reader, but for me to help get my tooshy in gear around the house. This month I thought I would try a challenge I had done in the past with a bit of success. Ok here it is,,,

I challenge you to keep your dining room table clear and decorated all month long!

And I would love for you to send me pictures of your beautiful table arrangements for a future blog post at the end of the month. I know this is a big deal in my house. Being a home school family I use my dining room table as a classroom all the time. I don’t mean to say with the challenge that you can’t use your dining room table but when you are not using it to keep it looking pretty. It is amazing to me how much better my kitchen looks when the table is clean and has a fresh tablecloth in it. I must confess that with 3 little ones I take everything off my table before every meal and redecorate it after the meal is over.

I think this is going to be fun and I can’t wait to see all of your pictures!! Good luck everyone!!


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